I had lunch today with my friend Phyllis, Past-President of the San Diego Genealogical Society. She brought along her new Nook color and her Flip-Pal – - the ultra-light, portable scanner you’ve probably been hearing all about about. (Yes, that’s chips and salsa in the background – click the images to enlarge).
Phyllis bought her Flip-Pal for several reasons -
1. When scanning at a high resolution it can bring out details that a low res scan doesn’t pick up
2. It’s very lightweight and portable (battery operated)
3. You can scan large documents or images, then use the included software to automatically stitch the images together.
Better than anything, though, is the ease at transferring data from the Flip-Pal to the computer. Capture images on an SD memory card (it pops into the side of the scanner). Then, put the SD card into the side of the included USB memory stick and then the stick into the computer. Really easy, works well, and it’s no hassle.
If you follow the links at the bottom of this page you can read other articles about Flip-Pal - – just thought you’d like to know about the high resolution issue as well as the USB memory stick feature.
Forgot to mention – when you’re scanning a large document or photo you can take the cover off and actually watch your progress through the glass window. Now that’s a well-thought out feature for genealogists on the road.